Forty-three years ago I arrived to Berkeley to begin my PhD in agricultural and resource economics [ARE], and without realizing it, I witnessed the evolution of this great department. As the department faces new challenges, I realized that the evolution of ARE has important lessons for its future and for university departments in general. One… Continue reading Witness to the History of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Berkeley
Rumors have been circling for some time about an imminent reorganization of the Berkeley campus structure. Our tenuous financial situation coupled with the widely held perception that our current state is constraining us from reaching our full potential, suggest that this may be an opportune time for change. In the last 30+ years I have… Continue reading Reorganizing Berkeley (with emphasis on CNR)
Especially at the start of the semester, I am frequently asked by students, parents, sponsors, and otherwise curious people, what is the College of Natural Resources. I actually asked it myself; and over the years I think that I got the answer. The college embodies all the contradictions, practical deliberations, and social debate relating to… Continue reading What is CNR (College of Natural Resources)?